Removing The Old Strings

The first step is to make sure you have all the tools you need for the job.

1. String winder
2. New strings
3. Wire snips or cutters
4. Appropriate sized Allen wrench
5. Phillips screw driver
6. Cleaning cloth
7. Old toothbrush

First, remove the old strings. Loosen them first so you don't add unnecessary tension to the neck. The you can cut them. It's best to cut them in the middle of closer to the nut. Cutting them too close to the bridge can make it difficult to remove them from a Fender style bridge.

If a sting breaks at the bridge you can use part of an old string to thread through the block to remove it.

While all the strings are removed is a great time to clean the headstock, the nut, the fretboard, the guitar body and the bridge saddles. I use an old toothbrush to get in between the crevices!